Pedaling Point

"Rolling Counterpoint" by Taro Hattori

Drawing upon our shared human experiences, Pedaling Point will seek to spark conversation between refugees and non-refugees in our community, helping to bridge gaps of misunderstanding and isolation through dialogue, singing and shared narratives.

The vision of installation artist Taro HattoriPedaling Point will build upon the stories and songs of refugee and non-refugee participants, bringing divergent communities together to find points of connection and revelation. Alongside and following these conversations, Hattori’s installation will contextualize the results of the project, presenting them in an evocative interactive setting. The final art piece – 6 bicycles with confessional-like structures in tow – will explore the stories and songs of these connections, setting up spaces for encounter, reflection, and connection.

Envisioned as a way to approach the notion of in-group and out-group identities, Pedaling Point will seek to explore what people from different backgrounds and radically different points of view can learn from each other and create together. With the belief that conversation – even when it brings out uncomfortable truths – is better than isolation, our hope is to challenge the audience to connect with the stories being told, and to encourage the exchange of ideas, and a breakdown of barriers.

This project is made possible with generous support from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and the Creative Work Fund, a grant program of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.